Men's Track Takes 2nd in Little Three Championship

Tristan Colaizzi '20
Tristan Colaizzi '20

MIDDLETOWN, CT.—The men's track and field team took 2nd place at the Little Three Championship today, starting the new year strong. Amherst took 1st this year with 138 points followed closely by Williams with 136 points, and with Wesleyan taking 3rd with 85 points. 

Williams started the day with 1st and 2nd place finishes in the weight throw. Sophomore Scott Fineberg '22 won the event with a mark of 13.77m, with senior Frank Scheck '20 right behind him with a mark of 12.20m for 2nd place. The throwers returned in full force for the shot put.  Senior captain Mykel Miller '20 won the event, throwing 13.28m with Scheck finishing 2nd with a mark of 11.82m. To cap it off, Fineberg threw a personal record with a mark of 11.59m for 3rd place.

Jackson Anderson '23 and Will Kingham '22 took 6th and 7th the long jump, leaping 6.04 and 5.96m respectively.  James Dunnivan took 2nd in the high jump with a mark of 1.87m. The top Ephs in the triple jump were John Zhou '22 in 3rd jumping 13.15m, followed by Dylan Fitzgerald '23 in 4th jumping a personal best of 12.48m. 

On the track, Kevin LaFleche '20 took 2nd in the mile, finishing in 4:26.12. In the 60-meter hurdles, junior Danny Renwick '21 crossed the finish with a time of 8.64 to win the event. Anderson continued to impress, taking 4th in 8.74 seconds with a great start, finishing only 0.01 seconds behind 3rd place and 0.02 seconds behind 2nd. Sophomore Ben Telicki '22 ran an 8.94 second race for 6th place. In the 400 meter dash, junior Cole O'Flaherty '21 led the field for the whole race and took 1st in a time of 51.09 seconds. Nolan Holley '22 and Chris Bassett '22 finished 4th and 6th with times of 52.54 and 53.07 respectively, followed by John Zhou '22 and Karol Regula '21 who finished in 9th and 10th. 

In the 600, first-year Ethan Cooper '23 delivered a blistering breakout performance, taking 2nd with a time of 1:24.49, only 0.07 seconds away from 1st. Sam Schraver '22 locked in more points, taking 3rd in a time of 1:26.22. In the 800, captain Tristan Colaizzi '20 fought it out with Amherst to ultimately take 2nd in 1:58.51 seconds, followed by Ryan Watson '22 who finished 3rd with a great kick in 2:02.77 seconds. And in the 1000, senior Peter Kirgis '20 ran from the front to win the event in 2:36.29 seconds. Freshman Will Titus impressed with a time of 2:39.80 seconds to secure 3rd place for the Ephs.

In the sprints, Anderson once again led the Ephs in securing points with a 7th place finish in 7.41 seconds with Kingham taking 8th in 7.49 seconds. Freshman KJ Kogawa took 4th in the 200 in 23.96 seconds with Bassett only a fraction of a second behind him in 24.18 seconds for a 5th place finish. 

Williams dominated the 3000 with seniors Ryan Cox '20 and Will McGovern battling it out for 1st and 2nd with times of 8:46.66 and 8:46.79 respectively. They ran with each other, leading the field and finishing 4 seconds ahead of 3rd place.

With the meet down to the relays, Williams and Amherst were neck and neck. Amherst took the 4x800 with Williams' team of Kirigs, Colaizzi, Ballantyne, and Oliver hall '23 finishing in second in 8:10.83. In the 4x400, Williams and Amherst fought it out for the entire race with Kogawa delivering a dramatic 3rd leg after Holley and Basset's 1st and 2nd legs. Ultimately Amherst took the event as well with Eph anchor O'Flaherty bringing the Williams team in at 2nd with a time of 3:28.87. 

However, the Ephs continued putting points on the board with the pole vault where both first-year Sam Riley '23 and senior Marshall Borrus '20 set personal season records. Riley finished 1st with a mark of 4.26m and Borrus finished 3rd with a mark of 3.96. Telicki set an impressive overall personal record with a mark of 3.35 to tie for 4th. 

The Ephs' performance put them only 2 points behind Amherst in the end. This meet showcased many Williams first-years, and their performances, alongside the times and marks of the Eph upperclassmen, prove that the team has the potential to go far this season. 

The Ephs will return to competition Friday, January 17, for the Purple and Gold Alumni meet on their home track.